Negative Capitalism: Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era

By J.D. Taylor

Negative Capitalism: Cynicism within the Neoliberal period deals a brand new conceptual framework for realizing the present financial problem. via a ranging sequence of analyses and views, it argues that cynicism has turn into culturally embedded within the united kingdom and US as an impact of disempowerment by means of neoliberal capitalism. but regardless of the deprivation and cave in of key social infrastructure like consultant democracy, welfare, employees' rights and equivalent entry to assets, there has up to now been no collective, powerful and sustained overthrow of capitalism. Why is that this? The book's important name is for brand spanking new ideas that resolve this narcissistic cynicism, embracing social democracy, constitutional rights, mass bankruptcies and animate sabotage. Kafka, Foucault, Ballard and de Sade are clashed with the X-Factor, ruinporn, London, and the art of Laura Oldfield Ford. unfavourable Capitalism's polemic is written to incite responses opposed to the cynical malaise of the neoliberal era.

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Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future

By Paul Mason

We understand that our global is present process seismic change―but how will we emerge from the concern a fairer, extra equivalent society?

Over the earlier centuries or so, capitalism has passed through profound changes―economic cycles that veer from growth to bust―from which it has constantly emerged reworked and bolstered. Surveying this turbulent historical past, Paul Mason’s Postcapitalism argues that we're close to a metamorphosis so enormous and so profound that this time capitalism itself, the immensely complicated method during which complete societies functionality, will mutate into whatever entirely new.

on the middle of this alteration is info expertise, a revolution that's pushed via capitalism yet, with its tendency to push the worth of a lot of what we make towards 0, has the capability to smash an financial system according to markets, wages, and personal possession. virtually ignored, within the niches and hollows of the industry process, swaths of financial existence are starting to stream to another rhythm. tremendous numbers of individuals are altering how they behave and dwell, in methods opposite to the present procedure of state-backed company capitalism. and because the terrain alterations, new paths open.

during this daring and prophetic ebook, Mason exhibits how, from the ashes of the trouble, now we have the opportunity to create a extra socially simply and sustainable economic climate. even if the risks forward are profound, he argues that there's reason for wish. this can be the 1st time in human background during which, built with an figuring out of what's taking place round us, we will are expecting and form the future.

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Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism (Popular Culture and Everyday Life)

By Henry A. Giroux

Zombie Politics and tradition within the Age of on line casino Capitalism capitalizes upon the recognition of zombies, exploring the relevance of the metaphor they supply for reading the political and pedagogical stipulations that experience produced a growing to be tradition of sadism, cruelty, disposability, and dying in the USA. The zombie metaphor could appear severe, however it is very apt for drawing awareness to the ways that political tradition and tool in American society now function on a degree of mere survival. This ebook makes use of the metaphor not just to signify the symbolic face of strength: starting and finishing with an research of authoritarianism, it makes an attempt to mark and chart the seen registers of a type of zombie politics, together with the emergence of right-wing instructing machines, a becoming politics of disposability, the emergence of a tradition of cruelty, and the continuing battle being waged on adolescents, specially on formative years of colour. by way of drawing awareness to zombie politics and authoritarianism, this ebook goals to damage during the toxic good judgment that regularly mask zombie politicians, anti-public intellectuals, politics, associations, and social family members, and convey into concentration a brand new language, pedagogy, and politics within which the residing useless could be moved decisively to the margins instead of occupying the very middle of politics and way of life.

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Spectacular Capitalism: Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy

By Richard Gilman-Opalsky

Regardless of contemporary crises within the economic system, uprisings in Greece, France, and Bolivia, world wide decline of religion in neoliberal alternate guidelines, deepening ecological catastrophes, and international deficits of learned democracy, we nonetheless stay in an period of "spectacular capitalism." yet what's "spectacular capitalism?" fantastic capitalism is the dominant mythology of capitalism that disguises its inner common sense and denies the macroeconomic truth of the really latest capitalist international. taking up this elusive mythology, and those that too simply settle for it, Richard Gilman-Opalsky exposes the manipulative and self-serving narrative of awesome capitalism.

Drawing at the paintings of man Debord, Gilman-Opalsky argues that the speculation of perform and perform of idea are outmoded by means of upheavals that do the paintings of philosophy. you may ask: Who larger increases questions about private and non-private spheres of effect and keep an eye on, Jürgen Habermas or the water conflict activists who made a uprising in Cochabamba, Bolivia within the spring of 2000? Or, has any sociological theorist performed higher than the Zapatistas to reframe and lift questions about indigenous identification? Spectacular Capitalism makes the case not just for a brand new philosophy of praxis, yet for praxis itself because the supply mechanism for philosophy for the sector of human motion, of contestation and clash, to elevate at once the main impossible to resist questions about the reality and morality of the prevailing scenario.

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Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

By Liaquat Ahamed

Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize

"A magisterial work...You can not help brooding about the industrial predicament we are residing via now." --The long island instances ebook Review

It is usually believed that the good melancholy that all started in 1929 resulted from a confluence of occasions past anyone person's or government's keep watch over. in truth, as Liaquat Ahamed finds, it was once the selections made through a small variety of critical bankers that have been the first reason for that fiscal meltdown, the results of which set the level for international conflict II and reverberated for many years. As another interval of financial turmoil makes headlines this day, Lords of Finance is a effective reminder of the large influence that the choices of important bankers could have, their fallibility, and the bad human outcomes that could consequence once they are fallacious.

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Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism

By Ha-Joon Chang

"Lucid, deeply trained, and enlivened with remarkable illustrations, this penetrating research might be entitled ‘Economics within the actual World.' Chang unearths the yawning hole among usual doctrines touching on monetary improvement and what rather has taken position from the origins of the commercial revolution till this present day. His incisive research exhibits how, and why, prescriptions in keeping with reigning doctrines have triggered critical damage, rather to the main weak and defenseless, and are inclined to proceed to do so."―Noam Chomsky

Using irreverent wit, an engagingly own variety, and a battery of examples, Chang blasts holes within the "World I s Flat" orthodoxy of T homas Friedman and different liberal economists who argue that in basic terms unfettered capitalism and wide-open foreign alternate can elevate suffering countries out of poverty. to the contrary, Chang indicates, modern financial superpowers―from the U .S. to Britain to his local Korea―all attained prosperity by means of shameless protectionism and executive intervention in undefined. we've with ease forgotten this truth, telling ourselves a fairy story concerning the magic of loose alternate and―via our proxies equivalent to the realm financial institution, I nternational financial Fund, and global T rade Organization―ramming regulations that swimsuit ourselves down the throat of the constructing world.

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Capitalist Superheroes: Caped Crusaders in the Neoliberal Age

By Dan Hassler-Forest

In an identical manner that Stallone and Schwarzenegger performed movie heroes who got here to include the values of Ronald Reagans competitive conservative time table within the Eighties, the 21st-century movie narratives of Batman, Spider-Man and Superman mirror the guidelines of the Bush Doctrine after September 11. This publication bargains a groundbreaking learn of the connection that exists among post-9/11 American politics and the modern superhero motion picture phenomenon. No different Hollywood subgenre used to be as always well known through the George W. Bush presidency, as movies reminiscent of Spider-Man, Superman Returns, Iron guy, and The darkish Knight embodied the main contradictions that tell the cultural and political lifetime of the post-9/11 years. by means of combining in-depth analyses of various significant superhero movies from this period with astute readings of up to date serious concept, this ebook deals obtainable and academically effective perception into the complicated interaction among politics, ideology, and leisure within the twenty first century.

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The Happiness Industry: How the Government and Big Business Sold Us Well-Being

By William Davies

In wintry weather 2014, a Tibetan monk lectured the realm leaders amassed at Davos at the value of Happiness. the new DSM-5, the guide of all diagnosable psychological health problems, for the 1st time integrated shyness and grief as treatable illnesses. Happiness has turn into the most important suggestion of our age, a brand new faith devoted to well-being.

during this superb dissection of our instances, political economist William Davies exhibits how this philosophy, first stated by way of Jeremy Bentham within the 1780s, has ruled the political debates that experience added neoliberalism. From a heritage of industrial ideas of ways to get the simplest out of staff, to the elevated point of surveillance measuring each element of our lives; from why specialists like to degree the chemical within the mind than ask you the way you're feeling, to why Freakonomics tells us much less in regards to the approach humans behave than anticipated, The Happiness Industry is a necessary advisor to the marketization of contemporary existence. Davies exhibits that the technology of happiness is much less a technology than an extension of hyper-capitalism.

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Alternatives to Capitalism: Proposals for a Democratic Economy

What might a conceivable loose and democratic society appear like? Poverty, exploitation, instability, hierarchy, subordination, environmental exhaustion, radical inequalities of wealth and power—it isn't tricky to record capitalism’s myriad injustices. yet is there a most effective and doable alternative?

Alternatives to Capitalism: Proposals for a Democratic Economy offers a debate among such probabilities: Robin Hahnel’s “participatory economics” and Erik Olin Wright’s “real utopian” socialism. it's a special and lucrative dialogue that illuminates various matters and dilemmas of the most important significance to any severe attempt to construct a greater international.

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